The rise in numbers of solar powered homes is inevitable. Because of the benefits and advantages it offers, more and more people are now open with the concept of using pure solar energy.
If you are one of those people who are seriously considering building a solar powered home, below are some design ideas, concepts and designs that you can use as an inspiration.
GRoW Home by University of Buffalo
Part greenhouse and part solarium, this ultra-efficient house runs on solar and thermal energy. It has a a thriving all-weather vegetable garden at its center.
Nest Home by Missouri University of Science and Technology
A net-zero house built out of three disused shipping containers and reclaimed materials. The home was inspired by the shape of a bird’s nest and includes several energy efficient systems, such as greywater reuse, a hydroponic garden, and a photovoltaic array.
INhouse by California Polytechnic State University
A net-zero abode that lets you keep your garden intact even in times of drought. Shaded by a solar panel-topped structure, the water-smart INhouse drains all of its greywater into a constructed wetland system that then filters and redirects the water into landscape irrigation.
Indigo Pine by Clemson University
A solar-powered abode constructed from CNC-milled interlocking pieces that can be put together by hand without a single nail or using any tool.
Shelter3 by Crowder College and Drury University
Shelter3 (pronounced shelter cubed) is an ultra-strong home that defends its residents in style from big storms. Powered with a photovoltaic system that’ll supply more electricity than it needs, the tornado-proof house ensures self-sufficiency even when the grid is destroyed. .
SURE HOUSE by Stevens Institute of Technology
A solar-powered home specifically created for use at coastal areas. The 1,000-square-foot home uses 90% less energy than a standard home and will stay running even after the power grid’s been shut down.
Nexus Haus by Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA)
Aa 784-square-foot modular home built to LEED Platinum standards. Topped by a 7kW photovoltaic array, the compact NexusHaus is handsomely clad in certified green wood and even grows its own food with an “all-food residential landscape.”
Aggie Sol by UC Davis
A prefab solar home specifically created for low-income agricultural farm workers on the west coast. The rooftop has sprinkler cooling system that collects and reuses rainwater to naturally cool the home.